Scandinavian Backpacking

Scandinavian Backpacking


  • Cultural component: interact with local indigenous Sami people to learn about their history and cultural traditions
  • Potential for non-technical peak ascents
  • Explore remote regions of Norway and Sweden
  • UNESCO has designated part of this course area as a World Heritage Site
  • Unparalleled wild flower displays and late season berry picking
If you have always dreamed of hiking in Lapland, near the Arctic Circle, this exploratory backpacking course will take you north into those remote regions of Norway and Sweden.

You may go where no NOLS student has gone before. With the expert guidance of your instructors, you'll learn to travel and camp in areas such as Troms, Finnmark, or Lyngen. With roots reaching back to the indigenous Sami traditions as well as the migrations of the Vikings during the late 800s, Scandinavia is a unique place rich in culture, history, and wilderness.

Here you will dive into the NOLS core curriculum-honing your leadership skills, backcountry navigation savvy, and Leave No Trace ethics.


Location NOLS Scandinavia
Tuition $6,100 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $150
Minimum Age 18
Duration 30 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Abisko,Sweden / Riksgränsen, Sweden
Fly in/out Stockholm or Kiruna, Sweden
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“NOLS is special in the way that it fosters a sense of quiet, humble wonder about our beautiful world. ”

-Annie A.